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CHEO and OCTC joined forces in 2016

Stronger together for children and youth

On October 1, 2016, CHEO amalgamated with the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC). Before this happened, CHEO and OCTC staff often worked closely together, as we shared many patients with special needs. As two of the largest providers of pediatric health care in the region, we came together to create a stronger organization, with easier access to services and more coordinated care. This amalgamation also allows us to speak with one voice, which was effective in our #1door4care campaign’s ability to secure funding for a new building that will serve as a hub for special needs and mental health services – further advancing our already enhanced care and coordination.

The historic vision of OCTC was to help children and youth in our region reach their full potential. This commitment is now embedded in CHEO, where our staff creates opportunities and maximizes independence through a vast array of programs and services. They provide strategies, support, specialized learning environments, and access to adaptive technology for children and youth with physical or behavioural challenges, disabilities, and accompanying developmental difficulties. The staff and programs of OCTC now fall under Development and Rehabilitation.

Here are three families in this community whose stories illustrate why the integration of CHEO and OCTC makes plenty of sense.

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Abby’s parallel paths help lead the way to ‘one door’

October 11, 2016 — Five-year-old Abby Dalgleish, described by her mom Christine as “the happiest, most cheerful little bug you will ever meet,” has almost completed junior kindergarten at the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC). She loves school, knows her numbers and months, and is surprising her family with new knowledge and skills every day. Read Abby's full story…

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CHEO Family Forum member champions integration of CHEO and OCTC

October 18,  2016 — Connor McHardy was all too familiar with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC). Described by his mom, Mindy McHardy, as a “medically fragile and technology-dependent” child, he relied heavily on both organizations throughout his eight short years of life. OCTC focused on his physical and mental development, and CHEO on keeping him alive. Read Connor's full story

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OCTC-CHEO amalgamation brings concept of “one door, one story, one chart” closer to reality

October 25, 2016 — “It’s quite the medical journey when you have a kid like Griff,” says Jennifer Walker, the mom of Griffin Walker, who recently passed away at the age of 11 from complications related to cerebral palsy. “But just because our kids are complex, doesn’t mean the health-care system has to be.” Read Griffin's full story

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